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Matthews Community Ctr. Fullwood Theatre

Matthews' Playhouse and The African American Playwrights Group present Rory D. Sheriff's SPEAKEASY

What do you do when your marriage is on the rocks and your childhood home is up for tax sale? You open a speakeasy to raise the money for the house - which is exactly when all hell breaks loose.

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Matthews' Playhouse and The African American Playwrights Group present Rory D. Sheriff's SPEAKEASY
Matthews' Playhouse and The African American Playwrights Group present Rory D. Sheriff's SPEAKEASY

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Sep 24, 2023, 2:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Matthews Community Ctr. Fullwood Theatre, 100 E McDowell St, Matthews, NC 28105, USA

About the event

Matthews Playhouse and the African American Playwrights Group (AAPG) are pleased to announce that Speakeasy, written by Rory D. Sheriff of BNS Productions in Charlotte, is the official selection of the 2023 Annual BIPOC Playwrights Festival. The festival, a collaboration between The Matthews Playhouse and the African American Playwrights Group (AAPG), is an initiative to promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Matthews as well as the Charlotte Theatre community by highlighting original works by Black, Indigenous, & People of Color (BIPOC). The festival follows AAPG’s founder Vickie L. Evans’ model from ‘Playwrights on Parade Festival’.

Speakeasy received the highest score from the judges, and will be produced as a full-length play at Matthews Playhouse as part of the 2023-2024 season, September 22-24, 2023.

Set in 1978 Reading, PA, Speakeasy follows the story of Virgina, a young woman who decides to take control of her life by unlearning everything she was taught about how a woman should be. Her new outlook: “I am Black, I am proud, I am strong. I am woman. Respect that!” From opting out of her marriage to being faced with losing her childhood home for unpaid taxes are just the beginning. With more than a few reservations, she gives in to the idea of starting a Speakeasy to raise money for the house. Things get worse before they get better, but not before she meets someone who sees and loves her for who she really is. Tickets for Speakeasy are now on sale and range in price between $10-$19.

Set in his hometown, SPEAKEASY is the latest from the imagination of Playwright, Director, and Producer, Rory D. Sheriff. The play opened to rave reviews at CPCC's Parr Theatre in February. Don't miss this limited opportunity to see this laugh-out-loud production with a lot of heart.

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